January 3, 2022

The Aeronautics & Astronautics CubeSat Team is actively recruiting new members to join our team. We are a student-led team (RSO) working to deliver a satellite to low-earth orbit that will demonstrate controls research developed here at UW and return pictures from space. Our goal is to give students hands-on experience developing hardware and software for missions bound for space. We already have a launch identified and will be sending our satellite to orbit in June 2022. Now is the best time to get involved to have an impact and help us get to space!
We are looking for people for the following subsystems – no prior experience is required, but any relevant experience with space systems, software development/testing, or embedded systems is highly sought after:
  1. Communications – Test our flight radio and build connectivity between the radio on the satellite and our mission control center. Opportunity to employ and develop ham radio experience and to earn a license!
  2. Command & Data Handling – Test our on-board flight computer, manage telemetry packaging, write code for error resiliency, and establish connectivity with all of our spacecraft’s sensors. Code is written primarily in FreeRTOS and C.
  3. Mission Control Center – Develop code for the ground station that will be used to command the satellite in space and receive telemetry from orbit. Build a user interface (COSMOS) to visualize essential data from the spacecraft’s sensors. Build and test the ground station hardware including an antenna, LNA, rotors, and a transceiver.
  4. Imaging – Write flight software to operate the camera, determine an optimal camera setting for orbit, and perform environmental testing
  5. We also have projects available on our Guidance Navigation & Controls, Electrical Power System, and Structures, Thermal, and Configuration teams.
We are an educational team and accept people from all backgrounds and levels of experience. If you have a passion for space and want to get involved, you can fill out an application on our website: aact.space
Please reach out to aact@uw.edu if you have any questions!